The Lakers have had a better offensive rating without LeBron James

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As the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing for the start of National Basketball Association free agency and the pursuit of LeBron James, they also were among the teams connected to the Kawhi Leonard saga as he worked to force a split from the San Antonio Spurs organization. The total is set at 237 points. He injured his foot late in the Raps' win at Phoenix on Friday night.

Kyle Lowry added 21 points and 15 assists for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors, who haven't lost to the Lakers since 2014.

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In seven games as a Raptor, Leonard is averaging 26.1 a night to go along with 7.6 rebounds.

Ibaka had 34 points and 15 made field goals - both career highs - to go along with 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals and helped lead the Raptors to their 121-107 victory over the Lakers in a game that was far more lopsided than the final score would indicate.

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Toronto's frontcourt of Ibaka and Pascal Siakam combined for 50 points and 23 rebounds. Toronto now boasts an 8-1 record. The loss left LA at 4-6 on the season. Rajon Rondo tallied 17 points, 10 boards, six assists and three steals off the bench.

On the back of 24 points from Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers narrowed Toronto's advantage after the nightmare start. His status for Toronto's game Wednesday in Sacramento is unclear. But this game was destined to be a tough one for the Lakers.

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Then, since it would be the second night of a back-to-back for them without Kawhi playing against a full strength and angry Jazz team, I went out on a limb and pinned the Jazz as the probable winners. The Raptors will be up for this one and while LeBron is matchup-proof, being guarded by Leonard would certainly make life a little more hard. But with an increased chance that Leonard will indeed play and zero chance that Mitchell will suit up, it's not looking good for the slumping Utah Jazz on Monday who are in danger of dropping four straight.

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